DS Lite replacement kit.

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  1. Arithmatics
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    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

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    Hi all,

    So I broke my ds lite at the power indicator hinge.


    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    Instead of super glue-ing it back together I wanted to just replace the casing altogether.
    But i'm not hardware savvy and I'm worried i might do more harm than good.

    If I buy the replacement kit and send it to a store to do the replacing, are there any dangers that the store would replace the ds hardware with fake ones?
    and how can I tell the difference game-wise.

    And where can i get an excellent looking replacement case? preferably see-through.


    Thanks.
     
  2. dreamseller

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    try dealextreme read reviews and look at photos and vids
    about whos gonna change it id recommend you do it your self
    there are tons of tuts here on gbatemp & youtube
     
  3. Arithmatics
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    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

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    I'm more worried about my static destroying the ds. I'm known to shock everyone I shake hands with... or so i've been told. [/vain]
     
  4. skaman

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    I've replaced four complete DSL cases (broken hinges) and several top screens.

    The replacement cases are pretty accurate and come in a variety of colors. I've gotten them from dealextreme and deveno.

    There is a good tutorial here: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=98240

    Take your time when disassembling. If you're only replacing the bottom half of the unit, be careful with the ribbon cable that connects to the upper half (top screen). Pay attention to the original routing of the microphone and speaker wires. Keep track of the screws and springs. The triwing screw heads are pretty soft and easily get rounded out making them useless. The replacement case should come with the screwdrivers and extra screws.

    When reassembling, tape the plastic switches (volume & power) in place and make sure they line up with the actual switches on the circuit board. People have snapped the switches off the board when they were not lined up.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. _Chaz_

    _Chaz_ GBAtemp's Official Mook™

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    If you're worried about ESD (electrostatic discharge), just ground yourself by touching a large, metal object before touching the DS parts.
     
  6. Mario92

    Mario92 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Just make sure to watch tutorials beforehand carefully. I broke my upper screen becouse of that but luckily they sell also those on dealextreme [​IMG]
     
  7. Arithmatics
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    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

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    Seems complicated. well I asked around where I live and there was this shop that would do it for $180 MYR. which is about $58 USD.

    Quality-wise, the replacement cases are unknown but the shop owner says they're VERY good quality (pssfhthfh)

    What do you guys recommend?

    I'm not confident in doing this myself so would it be better to risk a sh*tty replacement case but get my DSL back? or risk my DSL but get a what I know to be a good quality replacement case and crappily install it?
     
  8. CookiesMilk

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    I'm 14 and I can do it so you must be able to do it also [​IMG] Order 1 from DealExtreme and do it your own by following those plentiful of tutorials floating around the internet.. Will be the best and cheaper a lot also..

    Don't give it to the shop and let them help you to do it.. I believe those seller also get those replacement kit out of some suppliers or website for a cheap price also.

    Before I came to this forum, I know nothing about DS flashcart and almost got tricked by a seller in Malaysia that sells an R4i for RM150+.. The R4i originally worth about only 10+USD (RM40+ at most I think).. Those shameless seller always tend to trick the buyer by selling some dirty-cheap stuff at a preposterous price..

    So the conclusion is, do it yourself and don't waste your money! (Don't give it to the shop worker to help you fix)
     
  9. Arithmatics
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    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

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    that happened to me. i bought my R4DS (original thank god) for RM120+1GB SD card.
     
  10. r3gR3t

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    Hey, I want to change my DS' case too, but i'd like to know, if the case comes with the buttons. I mean, my DS's D-pad is kinda used up (if you get what I mean), and it's getting harder to play games with the d-pad. So, does the case come with replacement buttons or something like that?? Or what can I do if they don't?? Sorry for asking my question in someone else's thread.
     
  11. Arithmatics
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    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

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    no worries mate. better than starting your own thread.

    From what i've heard yes they come with matching d-pad buttons and whatnot. everything that you find on the shell/case should be replaced in the same way. hence there SHOULD be those replacements
     
  12. r3gR3t

    r3gR3t GBAtemp Regular

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    Oh ok. Cool. Can you tell me a good site to order it?? One that has low prices and good shiping would be apreiated, I live outside of the USA
     
  13. Arithmatics
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    DealExtreme?